John Brady TD criticizes ‘appalling indictment of a failed government housing policy’

Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has labelled the findings of a report by the Chartered Surveyors of Ireland as an appalling indictment of the government’s housing policy.

The report published today (Thursday) revealed that in the lifetime of the coalition government the cost of building a home in Wicklow has risen by an incredible €90,000.

Brady said: “I have no doubt that the findings of the report by the Chartered Surveyors of Ireland will be greeted in equal measure with anger and despair.

“What the report has achieved is to place in quantitative terms the real costs of building a new home that are keeping families and workers off the property ladder across Wicklow.

“The average new house build cost in Wicklow now sits at an incredible €461,437. Which represents an increase of €90,000 on new build costs, representing a 24% rise since this government came to power just three years ago.

“This means that a family in Wicklow today need a combined income of at least €127,000 before they could afford to buy a home in the county.

“Under this government the cost of building a new home is getting more and more expensive. Today the average age of first-time buyers now sits at 35 years of age. The oldest since records began. It is not surprising to see that so many of our young people are giving up hope and opting to move abroad to build a life for themselves.

“Year by year the cost of owning your own home is becoming more prohibitive for workers and families. We now have a whole generation who have been locked out of home ownership.

“This government’s housing strategy has failed miserably. Since it has come to power it failed to build a single affordable purchase home in 2020. In 2021 it did not deliver on a single affordable purchase home. In 2022 there was a paltry 323 built. And in the first half of this year, a mere 101 affordable purchase homes have been built.

“In any analysis this is an abject failure. Workers and families hold little hope of realising the dream of building their own home under this government. It is time for them to go.” 

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